Why is it so important to maintain proper dental hygiene in a baby? Simply because gum care and milk teeth (even though they are not permanent) ensure a sound and blooming oral health once he or she becomes an adult. The early loss of primary teeth or milk teeth because of poor hygiene will affect:
- language performance (leading to pronunciation problems and language development delays)
- the capacity to chew food properly
- proper use of the tongue
The loss or premature exfoliation of one or more primary teeth can also affect the development or alignment of future teeth at the adult stage.
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For instance, did you know that…
- every baby has 20 milk teeth
- the incisor teeth appear between ages 6 to 10 months
- the second molars appear around the age of two
- loss of teeth occurs between ages 6 to 12
- early childhood tooth decay affects more than 10% of preschool age children
- fresh fruits and vegetables promote an increase in calcium levels protecting teeth against decay
What are the causes of early childhood tooth decay?
The mutant streptococcus bacteria are transmitted very early and directly from mother to child.
Diet and nutrition.
The combination of dental plaque and sugar promotes tooth decay. So, you are advised to limit sweet food and to wipe the mouth and gums of the baby after each breast-feeding or bottle-feeding.
The third cause: fluoride deficiency
The main sources of fluoride are:
- tooth paste
- fluoride bought at the drugstore
The maximum quantity of fluoride a child should take is determined by his or her weight. The fluoride dose must therefore not be excessive!
For further information, consult your dentist and set up a first appointment with the baby and think of the future of the baby’s oral health. Our team at David & Cloutier dentist in Montréal will inform you and answer all of your questions at this address: 1935 De Maisonneuve Blvd. East, Montréal, QC H2K 4P4 situated next to the Papineau metro station.
Your dentists David & Cloutier in Montréal will answer all of your questions and they are well accustomed to the right approach towards babies. Check out our Google profile and the opinions of patients about your dentist in Montréal or call us to learn more.
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